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Verklaring EP-voorzitter Martin Schulz na ontmoeting met Litouwse premier Kubilius (en)

Met dank overgenomen van Voorzitter Europees Parlement (EP-voorzitter) i, gepubliceerd op donderdag 1 maart 2012.

Following a meeting with Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius i, European Parliament President Martin Schulz i said:

"I congratulated Prime Minister Kubilius for the success of his government's economic recovery programme. The Lithuanian people's patience with austerity measures and structural reforms is now rewarded by the return of economic growth.

We shared the view that governments should spare no effort to contain the sovereign debt crisis. Otherwise, it will pose a threat to our European project.

We also agreed that the European Union's next long-term budget, the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, should not be cut. The EU budget is a powerful investment vehicle, which creates jobs and stimulates growth. We underlined the importance of maintaining sufficient levels of the structural and cohesion funds and of striving for more fair and equal distribution of the CAP direct payments.

I offered my full support to Lithuania's effort to integrate its energy system with those of other EU countries. The EU countries have agreed that lonely energy islands will disappear from the Union in this decade.

I wish Prime Minister Kubilius all the best in his preparations for general elections in October and for Lithuania's upcoming EU Presidency in 2013. I welcomed his assurances that whoever wins the ballot will keep Lithuania on a pro-EU course."

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